This simple upside-down cake flavored with apples and caramel is to die for. It requires readily-available ingredients and can be prepared in under 1 hour, making it a perfect dessert for unexpected guests or impromptu dinner parties. Here is an easy dessert recipe for Apple Upside-Down Cake.
3/4 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 12 pieces
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9-inch glass pie dish generously with butter. Lay the apple slices in the dish, cut side down. This will be the cake's decorative top so make it as pretty as possible.
In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of the granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water and cook over high heat until it turns a warm amber color. Swirl the pan but don't stir to avoid crystallization. Pour evenly over the apple slices.
Meanwhile, cream the 6 tablespoons of butter and the remaining 3/4 cup of granulated sugar using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Lower the speed and beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the sour cream, zest, and vanilla and mix until combined.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and, with the mixer on low speed, add it to the butter mixture. Mix only until combined. Do not overmix.
Pour the cake batter evenly over the apple slices and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate.
Dust with confectioner's sugar. Can be served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.